The New Parent Post-Partum Support Classes at McKay-Dee Hospital are 1-hour each. Babies in arms, mothers, fathers, and support partners, are welcome to attend. Parents may attend during pregnancy or at any time after their baby's birth. These classes are free and are made possible by the McKay Dee Hospital Foundation Teen Parent program, however, new parents of all ages are welcome to attend. Each class will have a topic of discussion presented by a specialized health care provider for the first 30-45 minutes of the class. The last section of the class is open for discussion and questions for any post-partum topics you would like to address. Please register for each class you would like to participate in so we can plan on you're attendance.
The Power of Play - January 9th
This is a fun topic to help you learn, and practice fun activities you can do with your child to help stimulate their growth and development in their first few years of life.
Ages and Stages - February 5th
This class will help you learn about the stages of development to watch for and support as your child grows. We will give you tools to evaluate and work with your child in their first few years of life.
Community Resources - March 5
This class will introduce you to a variety of resources available in this area for young parents to utilize to help them in their first few years of parenting. There are many programs available to help parents get off to a great start.
Stress Management - April 9
This class will help you identify the common stresses of parenting and learn specific methods to help with releasing this stress. A guided meditation will be done at the end of this class, and those with active babies, may opt to bring someone who can help them during this part.
Infant Massage Part 1 and Part 2 - May 8 and June 11
In this class you will learn specific techniques for massaging your infant or young child. Please only bring infants under 6 months of age to this class. If your child is older, than 6 months, please bring a doll to practice with.
Nutrition Post-Partum - July 17
In this class we will discuss optimal food choices for young mothers for the first year after birth for health, energy, and feeling good. We will also discuss foods that help with keeping milk supply up while breastfeeding.
Infant Nutrition/Breastfeeding - August 13
In this class we will discuss the common struggles mothers have in their first year of breast feeding and how to overcome them. We will also talk about introducing solid foods and watching for interactions, food sensitivities, and balance with breastfeeding. This class is taught by an Internationally Certified Lactation Consultant.
Healthy Relationships - September 11
In this class, we will identify relationship cues that are both healthy and unhealthy, and how to respond to them. This information is based on the program “Love is Respect”. Resources will be given in class to continue support of this important topic.
Post-Partum Yoga with Baby’s - October 8
In this class we will do easy yoga poses that include mother and baby interaction. Mother’s strengthen their bodies while babies enjoy the poses right along with mom. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel for this fun exercise class.
When to Call the Doctor - November 13
In this class, we will discuss general signs and symptoms to watch for that may indicate sickness with your infant or child up to 1 year. We will demonstrate how to navigate the resource, “Kids Health for Parents” to share this good resource from Primary Children’s Hospital.
Positive Discipline - December 17
In this class we will share fun ways to bond with your child and encourage happy interactions in the first 3 years of life. The information shared will be tools from the curriculum “Parenting with Love and Logic,” and “1-2-3 Magic”.